[r88]Speaker Bosma honors Super Bowl Host Committee (2/14/2012)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Start Date: 2/14/2012
End Date: 2/14/2012

STATEHOUSE—Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) along with the Indiana House of Representatives took time today to personally congratulate and honor members of the 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee and the City of Indianapolis for their efforts in hosting Super Bowl XLVI. 

The Super Bowl Host Committee served as the city’s ambassadors for incoming Super Bowl fans, players and media. In an effort to showcase Hoosier hospitality, they designated and ran 20 Super Celebration sites around Indianapolis. They also managed local resources such as city services, event venues, accommodations and thousands of volunteers.

Their efforts were enjoyed by more than 1.1 million visitors to Super Bowl Village and more than 265,000 visitors to the NFL experience in downtown Indianapolis.

“The members of the Host Committee did a tremendous job making Indiana so hospitable and Indianapolis such a world-class city,” said Speaker Bosma today. “Even if you don’t live in the capital, everyone took pride in what the City of Indianapolis did for this year’s Super Bowl for all that visited or watched the festivities nationwide.

“So many people stepped forward to make this event happen. While our city enjoyed a couple of weeks in the spotlight and received rave revenues, this event took years of hard work from so many members of the committee and thousands of volunteers. This was a truly proud moment for the city and Hoosiers statewide.

“I sat next to a couple from New York at an event I went to with my daughter, and the whole time they couldn’t stop talking about how wonderful our city and state was. They didn’t reference the buildings or the events, they were blown away by the kindness of the people.”

In addition to hosting Super Bowl events, the committee tackled several long-lasting community projects. Prior to being awarded Super Bowl XLVI, Indianapolis showcased the Near Eastside Legacy Project, which consisted of residents who were hard at work transforming their declining eastside community in an effort to be a model for neighborhood revitalization across the city.

In 2008, when the NFL announced that Indianapolis had won its bid, they praised the city's enthusiasm for the project as a big reason. Following this, the committee helped manage the project, which raised more than $154 million through public and private partners.

The 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee also partnered with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at IU Simon Cancer Center ("Komen Tissue Bank") to develop Indy's Super Cure. Indy's Super Cure initiative capitalizes on Indianapolis' robust health and life sciences resources to propel the search for a cure.

Finally, the Host Committee partnered with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Inc. and the John H. Boner Community Center to plant 2,876 trees in the community – exceeding the city’s 2012 arborous goals.

“In addition to hosting multiple events throughout Indianapolis, the committee had their hand in philanthropic work that will continue to better our communities for years to come. I applaud their success in all of these projects.”

Led by Chairman Mark Miles and CEO Allison Melangton, the Super Bowl Host Committee consisted of 35 staff members, 150 volunteer co-chairs and over 8,000 volunteers.

During today’s legislative session, the committee’s accomplishments were recognized with a standing ovation from all legislators, staff and members of the public that were present.

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